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Community Support Group Project


Studio Staging


Phase 1 of the project

Phase 2 of the project

Long range plans


Studio Staging

The television staging will consist of a 7' high, portable, black-backdrop (curtain) that will surround a circle of eleven chairs with a three-foot walkway behind the chairs. Three black-clothed camera operators (Assistant/Co-facilitators) will move around in this 3' walkway. One camera operator will focus on the person speaking while another will focus on the person being spoken to. A third camera will be looking for expressions of participants that are conducive to conveying the group dynamic. A fourth camera is kept ready as a “backup.” The cameras will be mounted on light-weight tripods. To minimize fatigue the camera operators will sit on stools with castors.





Estimated cost of backdrop to include: 

(8) 2" x 2" x 7' high wooden curtain stands with weighted base tripods.

(10) 7' high X 10' wide backdrop curtain sections, each section overlapping the other to form an octagon surrounding the chairs when attached to the 7' high curtain stands.

Total cost approximately $1000

Audio/Video Equipment:

(1) Four video cameras — $1700 ea.

(2) Three light-weight camera tripods — $20.00 ea.

(3) Box of blank DVDs — approx. $30.00

(4) Personal Computer (with two 1 T SSD harddrives, 8 GB of DDR3 RAM and a high performance graphics card) w/WiFi, —  $2000.00

(5) Licensed copy of video-editing software — approx. $70.00

(6) Two 19" digital monitors — approx $300 each.

(7) Fifteen Lapel microphones — $500


Operating expenses:

Estimated miscellaneous expenses, $5000 (includes: $5.00/week gasoline reimbursement for volunteers, name tags, pens, paper, bottled water, 15 minute break-time-juice for participants and assistants, cups, etc.)

Unplanned/unknown operating expenses approximately $5000.00. Includes: repair, maintenance, cell phone subscription, extended warranties for cameras, etc.

Total estimated budget for each 6-month support group = $10,000.00. Grants/donations for each 6-month support group—to be solicited by Community Communications, the program's sponsor. It's estimated that a single $100,000.00 grant would finance the entire project

No one at Community Communications receives remuneration for the project. Since it's beginning in 1989 the president and board members of Community Communications have consistently voted in favor of no paid advertising or financial remunerations; it is a true non-profit organization.

It's possible that the free public service TV station will have:

  • video/audio mixer
  • lapel microphones
  • 3 microphones w/stands for the Assistant Co-facilitators
  • stools with castors
  • computer and editing software

It's possible the County Council will grant permission for us to use the East and West Hawaii County Council venue in which case Participants for the Support Group for Teachers would come from a West Hawaii school.



Phase 1
Survey: Conduct a survey to determine community support and project feasibility.

Newspapers: Write announcements for the local newspapers.

Community flyers: Write flyers and post throughout the community.

Letters: Write letter to the Governor, Mayor, etc.


phase2 Phase 2

Enroll the following:
  • 10 volunteer Support Group Participants
  • 10 volunteer Assistant Co-facilitators.
  • Hawaii County Mayor
  • Hawaii County Council Members
  • Enrolling PBS, Hilo 5 TV or Na Leo 'O Hawai'i public TV access station
The Facilitator will personally invite the parolees to participate in the 24-session (approximately six-month) televised support group. Community Communications will also contact the TV stations.

Assistant Co-facilitators will be trained to use a video camera and a computer video software mixer. There will be three video cameras and a mixer. The Assistant Co-facilitator in charge of mixing will also be selecting which of the three camera shots is best suited for immediate, live transmission.

Assistant Co-facilitators will also be trained to receive live telephone calls from television viewers via cell phone.

Long range plans

Long range plans for CSG Participants:
For example—with the Support Group for Parolees—once a parolee has successfully completed his/her support group they will be encouraged to continue participating in the program as a volunteer Assistant Co-facilitator. In this way they will keep the community informed about what's happening with them, and, in serving others, be served.

It is envisioned that Parolee Support Group Participants will continue their communication studies with the option of becoming Support Group Facilitators. This means that eventually each would be qualified to facilitate his/her own support groups throughout the state and elsewhere nationwide. The success of the program could become a nationwide model.